Watch out for the bogus car buyer

  • Letters
  • Sunday, 16 May 2004

AFTER placing a “Car for Sale” advertisement in a newspaper, I received a call on April 30 from a “doctor” from Ipoh who claimed he was interested in my car. 

We met at a hotel in Petaling Jaya where he inspected the car and, after a test drive, agreed to buy it at RM170,000. We then travelled to my house so that he could verify the registration documents were in order and that there was no loan outstanding for the car. 

Satisfied, the man then called his secretary to arrange a sale-and-purchase letter, and to have arrangements made with his bank for the draft. Next, we travelled in my car to his hotel in Kuala Lumpur to collect some papers, and then to the Maybank headquarters to collect the draft. 

After visiting the bank, he told me his funds on deposit were RM166,600 and that he had RM3,000 cash in hand. He said he was some RM400 short. 

He then asked to be driven to his clinic where, he said, he would get the balance and we would then return to Maybank and he could settle the draft. 

By then, it was 3.30pm and with banks closing at 4pm, I offered to lend him RM500 to save time.  

He took the cash and re-entered the bank to collect the draft. By 4.45pm, with no sign of his return, and after attempting to call his mobile, which was by then non-operative, I decided to call it a day.  

Later that evening, I called his hotel and was told that no doctor under the name he had mentioned had registered as a guest. 

I must say the “doctor” was extremely competent in his scam, and he took a lot of effort to con me to part with RM500! He claimed to be a prominent plastic surgeon, with clinics in Penang, Ipoh and Kuala Lumpur, and I was taken in “hook, line and sinker” by this well-dressed, impressive individual.  

To all those planning to sell a car, please look out for this doctor, and beware as he may use a different profession next time. 

TAKEN IN, Kota Kemuning, Selangor  

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